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Can I remove some trees from my property?

It is unlawful and a violation of the Lake County Land Development Regulations to clear or remove a tree by any method without first submitting a Tree Removal Application and securing a tree removal permit. The exemptions to the requirement of applying for a Tree Removal Application are listed in the application.

The purpose of this requirement is to establish rules and regulations governing the protection of trees and vegetative cover. The intent is to encourage the proliferation of trees and vegetation as well as their replacement; to recognize their importance and their meaningful contribution to a healthy, beautiful, and safer community attributable to their carbon dioxide absorption, oxygen production, dust filtration, wind and noise reduction. The County recognizes the value of trees for soil erosion prevention, lakeshore erosion protection, wildlife habitat, surface drainage improvement, beautification and aesthetic enhancement of improved and vacant lands.

What are the tree requirements for a single-family residence?

  • Two trees for lots 6,000 square feet or less
  • Three trees for 6,001 to 10,000 square feet
  • Five trees for more than 10,001 square feet to one acre
  • Add three more trees per acre over one acre – not to exceed 15
  • Three acres = 11 trees
  • Four acres = 14 trees
  • Five acres = 15 trees

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